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Company closure leaves workers in the dark

Date of Release: 
Monday, May 4, 2015

While creditors and contractors take action to recover their assets in Kiwi Forestry International and Harvest Pro, workers in the subsidiary company Smith & Davies are still in the dark over their employment status says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Unite defeats zero hour contracts, but new examples emerge

Date of Release: 
Friday, May 1, 2015

FIRST Union is congratulating Unite Union on their win against zero hour contracts at McDonalds, says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“We are standing in solidarity with Unite Union on May Day”.

“But the issues of insecure work and insecure hours remain. Low contracted hours are just as common as zero hours and just as unfair and exploitative,” says Reid.

“In the retail sector workers are regularly kept on low hours. When new hours become available retail employers often opt for new workers who are then put on low hours as well”.

ANZ proposes casualisation in Whangarei stores

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015

ANZ workers in Whangarei could see their incomes drop by 20 to 40 percent if the bank’s proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions goes ahead says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

“Last week ANZ proposed a reduction in the number of full time positions at the Whangarei and Bank Street branches”. 

“If the proposal goes ahead workers will see their hours cut and many will be forced to look for work elsewhere” says Tali Williams.

Potential job losses at Carter Holt Harvey subsidiary pending sale

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In response to media inquiries FIRST Union can confirm that members at Bestwood, a division of Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, have been advised of a proposal by Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) to sell the division to New Zealand Panel Group. 

The sale could see the closure of the Wiri and Rangiora production facilities with a loss of approximately 40 jobs.  The proposal would see only the Kopu site retain production with around 10 workers remaining.

Low inflation means it's time for a pay rise

Date of Release: 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Low inflation means it’s time for a pay rise

With inflation falling for the second quarter in a row now is the perfect time for a pay rise for workers says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

New data today from Statistics New Zealand reveals that annual inflation has dipped to 0.1 percent, well below the Reserve Bank’s 1-3% targeted inflation rate.

“This government has done everything it can to keep our national wage bill low, including attacks on collective bargaining and significant cuts to government spending” says Reid.

Pak’n Save workers in wage stand-off

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Low pay offers mean Pak’n Save is beginning to earn a reputation as “Pak’n Slave” says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford.

Ban employers who exploit migrant workers

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015

The government may need to consider greater sanctions for employers who exploit migrant workers says Union Network of Migrants (Unemig) coordinator Dennis Maga.

Rest and meal breaks restored at Cotton On

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Workers from the Cotton On distribution centre are welcoming substantial improvements in wages and working conditions says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

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